Known for its charming cities, Galapagos Islands, and adventures in the Amazon rainforest, Ecuador takes pride in its place on the equator line. UNESCO World Heritage sites are scattered all over this landmark-laden country, which is also home to the world’s highest active volcano. Quito, the capital and the smaller city of Cuenca, features two of the best-preserved historic centres in Latin America. Their cobblestone streets are dotted with postcard-worthy plazas, restored mansions and age-old churches. To explore the natural treasure trove of the Ecuadorian Amazon properly, it’s best to go with a local guide. They’ll make sure you enjoy the best activities such as crossing Sacha Lodge’s 275-metre canopy walkway, spotting pink dolphins at wildlife reserves or visiting the indigenous Huao community. From Amazon lodges to high-end hotels, Ecuador has a huge variety of accommodation options. B&Bs, hostels, homestays and campsites are also available.